Now this is more like it! Pocket Kingdom is Nokia's first real title that is going to make the N-Gage desirable! It's a massive multiplayer RPG set in the land of Ulgress, where you start off as a single traveller, and eventally raise an army and conquer the land. That's if the 999 other players using the N-Gage Arena feature don't beat you to it... No release date yet scheduled, but here at AAN we'd expect Q3 to be realistic.
In an interesting development for Emulation Fans, Nintendo have asked Crimson Fire to stop the publication of their Gameboy Emulator for the Tapwave Zodica gaming machine (based around Palm OS). While not directly affecting Symbian OS yet, the fact that Nintendo have a Patent on emulation could have repercussions over the whole principle of emulation. (Thanks to wshwe on the Forum for spotting this one)
The Games Kitchen is a new mobile games channel: think of it as a cross between Yahoo!, Amazon and Xbox Live. Is there scope for a place where people can not only get games, but also talk about them, watch their high-scores and generally take part in a community? Well, this company thinks so, and this is the something which has been strangely lacking from games for mobile phones (aprt from Nokia's N-Gage Arena). The site will be available for use via the desktop and via the mobile.
Okay, maybe a bit of an over-simplification, but Scott Miller has one of the most devastating critiques of Nokia's Management and the effect the N-Gage could have on the Finnish Mobile Phone Company. Grab a coffee, get reading, and see if you agree with him.
This Russian article has John Romero (he made Doom, y'know) discussing the N-Gage 2, and how all the design problems of the current N-Gage have been fragged. Nokia's comment: "It is too early now to say something about any exact plans." Thanks Finland, couldn't you at least connfirm backwards compatibilty so current users know that their investment in the platform will still be supported?
Nokia and Hudsonsoft announce that the Arcade Classic "Bomberman" is N-Gage bound in Q2 2004. It's heavily pushing Bluetooth Multiplayer, although the threat of Unique 3D Worlds might worry the purists.
Brian Faber is hard at work on his Neo Geo Pocket Colour emulator for the N-Gage and Series 60 devices. To help him on his way, he's released a 'Teaser' Build to garner stats from users on frame rates, speed, and compatibilty over the entire Series 60 range. It's locked to one Public Domain Rom at the moment, and you can grab the build from the N-Pop Symbian Diary.
SmartMovie is a video player for your mobile device, with counterpart PC converter utility. With the converter, you may prepare any video clip for playback on your mobile device.SmartMovie features the xvid codec and subtitles!
Nokia have announced the forthcoming availability of Crash Nitro Kart from Vivendi Universal. The game is a cartoon style 3D kart racing game. You can shadow race in the N-Gage arena or play four player over bluetooth.
Nokia and Sega have announced two new titles for the N-Gage. Virtua Cop is a mulitplayer first person shooter (your job is to bring down an evil crime syndicate). Alien Front has you take command of futuristic tanks to defend the earth from aliens. Alien Front has a Bluetooth death-match mode and supports N-Gage Arena.
New writer Chris Rydberg takes a look at the N-Gage in 2003, from announcement to the Christmas sales, and everything in between. Does the N-Gage's checkered past equal a short-lived or non-existent future?